‘Extinct’ Galapagos Fernandina tortoise found after 100 years

Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative (GTRI) director Washington Tapia and a team of  rangers from the Galápagos National Park  have rediscovered a species of giant tortoise on the Galapagos island of Fernandina believed to have been extinct for more than 100 years. The female Chelonoidis phantasticus was found on Fernandina, an active shield volcano and Read More …

Bramble Cay Melomys becomes first to go extinct due to climate change

Australia on February 19, 2019 officially declared rat-like Bramble Cay Melomys extinct, making it the first mammal believed to have been killed off by human-induced climate change.  Australia’s Environment Ministry announced that it had officially transferred the animal to the “extinct” list. The rat-like Bramble Cay Melomys — whose only Read More …